- Created on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 15:13
- Written by Leigh Penman
PRIMOBOLAN DEPOT (Methenolone enanthate)
Primobolan Depot is the injectable version of the steroid methenolone and, although it produces a weaker effect than Deca-Durabolin, it's a very good muscle-building steroid that possesses predominantly anabolic attributes. The fact that an enanthate ester is added to this steroid enables a slow and gradual release from the injection site. This allows for a longer half-life of approx 14 days (similar to other enanthate esters); yet most athletes prefer to administer it on a weekly basis.
Primobolan's popularity seems to stem from the fact that it's the only steroid that works well on a low calorie diet (making it a pre-contest drug of choice) and side effects are rarely a problem since it's relatively non toxic, it's low in androgens, and it doesn't convert to estrogen (aromatize); therefore, estrogenic side effects are not an issue. Additionally, Primo seems to have a positive effect on the immune system (explaining its use in AIDS patients). When you consider all these facts it's hard to believe that Primobolan Depot is not legally approved by the FDA in the United States...but that's politics for you!
Having said all of the above, it should be noted that Primobolan does have some side effects including light acne, deepening voice and increased hair growth. These sides seem to result from the small androgenic component coupled with a very long half life in the system. Remember, the greater the exposure to a compound, the more likely you are to experience side effects. However, it displays low liver toxicity and usually has little effect on blood pressure and cholesterol, which makes it one of the safest injectable anabolic steroids available. It's also worth pointing out that, in men, the body's endogenous testosterone production is only negatively affected when high dosages are taken for prolonged periods of time.
Female athletes can get good results from 50 -100mg a week and, if desired, it can be stacked with 25mg of Winstrol Depot every other day (although virilization problems may occur in sensitive individuals). A safer option would probably be stacking Primo with 10mg Anavar (or Winstrol oral, 10mg) per day, which represents a cautious dose for those seeking to experiment with anabolics.
All in all, when you consider the fact that Primobolan is effective on a low calorie diet, builds lean mass, adds hardness and tone AND positively effects the immune system, it's easy to see why it is one of the most popular steroids on the market and has gained something of a ‘cult' following over the years.
PRIMOBOLAN...THE WOMEN SPEAK OUT
After asking the Rx Muscle forum women their thoughts on Primobolan, the general consensus is that it's a good drug in terms of quality gains. In terms of side-effects, they can vary from individual to individual with the most common being oily skin, frequent break-outs, loss of hair and lowering of the voice. Hair loss seems to be the major issue with this drug which can be alleviated to some degree with the use of Nizoral shampoo- which prevents DHT build up on the scalp.
Favored dosages range from 50mg/week to 100mg/week with one user reporting great results with 200mg/week for a 7-8 week period (having started at 100mg/week).
Going back to the issue of side effects. it's worth pointing out that Primo is a highly counterfeited drug and care must be taken to ensure that you really are using Primo. It has been reported that some unscrupulous companies substitute Testosterone Propionate for Primobolan in their products. So buyers beware!
PRIMOBOLAN...THE SISTER STEEL EVALUATION
"Methenolone is a DHT based steroid with mild anabolic and androgenic properties prescribed mostly to women and children in its oral form. It does not form estrogens when it interacts with the aromatize enzyme, which makes it a great choice for women looking to minimize excess estrogen production. Primo is generally the first choice for any female athlete new to injectable drugs; however my personal experiences with Primo were far from favorable.
"I'm sensitive to precursors of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in general, and Primo usually makes my hair fall out in strands at dosages as low as 50mg/week. That being said, I did not experience any other residual androgenic effects typical of Primo usage...such as oily skin, acne, increased facial/body hair growth etc. Generally speaking though, Primo is considered safe for most women, with problems usually being dose related.
"Gains on Primo are generally solid and gradual with the drug being an excellent choice while on a cutting diet. Most women I have worked with respond well to a dosage of 50-100mg per week for a period of 14-16 weeks with little or no adverse effects."
So there you have it, the lowdown on Primobolan which, along with Anavar, is definitely the most popular drug used by female bodybuilders. Watch this space for our profile on Winstrol- a steroid often used by women as part of a stack or as a substitute for Anavar which can often be highly priced.